Gelsenkirchen - FC Schalke 04 will have to do without defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos that little while longer after the Greece international suffered minor ligament damage in his right knee at the weekend.

The news comes as another bitter blow for the 22-year-old, recurring knee problems having restricted the Greek defender to just four appearances this season.

Meanwhile, there was also good news from Schalke's training ground with Julian Draxler back from a muscular injury while Marco Höger (torn cruciate ligaments) is also training with the team again, with defenders Atsuto Uchida (muscle fibres), Dennis Aogo (cruciate ligaments) and Benedikt Höwedes (muscle tear) are likewise on the road to, albeit individually.were also training, albeit individually.